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Long before she earned accolades for her genre-defining memoirs, Mary Karr was winning poetry prizes. Now the beloved author returns with a collection of bracing poems as visceral and deeply felt and hilarious as her memoirs. In Tropic of Squalor, Karr dares to address the numinous—that mystery some of us hope towards in secret, or maybe dare to pray to. The “squalor” of meaninglessness that every thoughtful person wrestles with sits at the core of human suffering, and Karr renders it with power—illness, death, love’s agonized disappointments. Her brazen verse calls us out of our psychic swamplands and into that hard-won awareness of the divine hiding in the small moments that make us human. In a single poem she can generate tears, horror, empathy, laughter, and peace. She never preaches. But whether you’re an adamant atheist, a pilgrim, or skeptically curious, these poems will urge you to find an inner light in the most baffling hours of darkness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Karr breathes fire, lunges for the jugular, and sets traps in her fifth poetry collection…Karr’s poems are thrilling in their vitality, dazzle, nerve, longing, and camouflaged depth.”

    Booklist

  • “These poems rip up the Hallmark card and replace it with the difficult, demanding claims of love in an imperfect world.”

    Georgia Review on Viper Rum

  • “One cannot help but cheer.”

    Harvard Review on Viper Rum

  • “Like Philip Larkin and Seamus Heaney, Karr intends poetry of the plain style and the truth of the unmistakably situated self, but is taught also by desire.”

    Allen Grossman, author of How to Do Things With Tears, praise for the author

  • “Skepticism is mitigated by Karr’s humor, her mildly ironic stance, and her capacity for wry self-examination.”

    Washington Post on Sinners Welcome

  • “Karr never tries to substitute faith for sound poetic practices. If anything, by adding prayer, she just makes the poems that much stronger.”

    New York Times, praise for the author

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About the Author
Author Mary Karr

Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and the bestselling author of Lit, the sequel to her critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling memoirs The Liars’ Club and Cherry. A born raconteur, she brings to her lectures and talks the same wit, irreverence, joy, and sorrow found in her poetry and prose. A sought-after speaker, she has given distinguished talks at prestigious universities, libraries, and writers’ festivals, including Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Brown, and Syracuse; the New York Public Library, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Folger Library; the New Yorker Literary Festival, PEN/Faulkner, and the Festival of Faith and Writing. Karr welcomes conversation with her audience and she is known for her spirited, lively, and engaging Q&A sessions.